Once or twice a year, Denver restaurants put on Restaurant Week. The main event usually happens in February I believe, but this year you can experience the event from April 23 – May 2, 2021. For $25, $35, or $45 per person depending on the restaurant, you can eat food from restaurants you’ve never been to before but always wanted to try or you can check out your favorite spots to see what fun things they cook up. The restaurants that participate are usually the higher end or slightly higher end ones, so this is your chance to say, “Why not? I’m gonna treat myself” if you haven’t been able to do so yet. For the price, you usually get at least two courses if not three. Alcohol is involved but since I don’t drink, I don’t know the details.
Don’t expect to get food that the restaurant normally offers, though. Restaurant Week is an opportunity for restaurants to experiment and to make new dishes they’re interested in too. I’ve tried a number of restaurants through Denver Restaurant Week over the years and it’s always been fun, even if I don’t love the fare. The only restaurants I remember eating at are Bones and Ace Eat Serve but I know I’ve been to more.
The number of restaurants participating this year seems a bit low, which makes sense because of covid, but I’d say it’s still worth a go if you have the time and money. It’s a nice way to support a local restaurant and its employees. Check out menus here (looks like they might have two vegan options!). Make it a date night, a friend hang, or a solo trip. Dress up a bit and pretend you’re a rich person, a traveler, or a food critique. Have fun with it and may you enjoy trying new foods!
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